Falconsfan567 Posted May 2, 2011 Share Posted May 2, 2011 A ton of people seem to be scolding the Falcons for trading up to get Julio Jones and I just don't understand it. All everyone seems to point to is us giving up 48 points against the Packers in the playoffs. No mention whatsover about how we held the same Packers team to only 17 points and beat them during the regular season. No mention that the defense didn't show up in the 2nd half of that game and it allowed the Packers to rack up all those points. No mention that the offense after the first drive of the game went 3-and-out nearly every possession and kept the defense on the field far too long and allowed the Packers offense the chance to rack up all those points.Many of those same folks were also the same folks saying that the Falcons have long needed a compliment to Roddy White and the Falcons made that happen by trading for Julio Jones. Say what you will about the players the Falcons gave up and it's really amazing to me how people on this message board and in the media have allowed themselves to be blinded by their ties to Georgia and their love of A.J. Green cloud their judgement and claim that Julio Jones is no where near the player that Green is. But that's not true at all. While Green is better I admit it is only slighty over Jones. Not this HHHHHHHHHHHHHHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEE difference that people seem to think. Having seen more Alabama games than I wish to say there were so many times over the past 2 years that McElroy just threw the ball up for grabs (like Daunte Culpepper used to do with Randy Moss) and Jones would come down with it. Matt Ryan is a setter QB and having Jones around to help take pressure off of Roddy and Gonzalez will only make them both better along with making Matt even better.And the Falcons made wise picks with their remaining picks as well. I lot of the Falcons offensive struggles and Matt Ryan's offensive struggles the past 2 years has had to do with a player that people almost forget existed because he has played in so few games the last 2 years. That player is Jerious Norwood. The offense was electric in 2008 and Norwood played a huge role in that. In taking little dump off passes from Matt and turning 4 or 5 yard plays into 10 or 15 or even more yard plays. Matt Ryan posted an average yards per attempt number of 7.9 which if I'm not mistaken lead the NFL that year. The last 2 years Ryan's yards per attempt number has been at only 6.0 which ranked 25th in the NFL last year and really plays a huge part in Ryan's average QB Rating. The Falcons addressed that need by selecting Jacquizz Rodgers. That dude will immediated take on the role that Norwood held in 2008 and along with Jones, Roddy, Gonzalez, Turner and hopefully a major step forward from Harry Douglas will create one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. That's so many weapons that even mr. ultraconservative Mike Mularkey can't mess that up.Another draft pick that I'm really trilled about is the pick of DE Cliff Matthews from South Carolina. As a huge Gamecocks fan it's exciting to have him on the team but even more so because of his never stop motor and play through the whistle mentality. It's shocking to me that he fell all the way to the 7th round. But he's better than a 7th round pick and even if he doesn't do much on defense as a rookie he's a huge plus on special teams.I'm excited about the Falcons prospects for the 2011 season. I just hope that there is a 2011 season to be played. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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